Macedonian authorities urged to give archbishop fair trial

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Source: B92 [TANJUG] BELGRADE -- The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has called on the Macedonian government and PM Nikola Gruevski to ensure a fair trial for Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid. They were also urged to release him from custody pending his trial, in line with the country's criminal law provisions. The appeal was issued at the end of the CEC General Assembly, held in Budapest on July 3-8, according to the website of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). The CEC Assembly … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Blesses the Convent of St. Thekla Property and House

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America On June 29, 2013, the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, the patron saints of the Holy See of Antioch, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip traveled to Glenville, Pennsylvania in York County to bless the property and house which will be the home of the nuns of the Convent of St. Thekla in America. His Eminence was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Antoun, and several clergy from the area, including Fr. Peter Pier, the host … [Read more...]

Coptic Priest Gunned Down in Egypt, Christian Villages Attacked

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Source: Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) (AINA) - This morning masked men gunned down Father Mina Cheroubim, pastor of the Coptic Orthodox church, as he left his church building in el-Arish North Sinai, 344 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Yesterday Muslims attacked Coptic inhabitants in the village of Nag Hassan, Dabayaa, in Luxor province. This attack was prompted by news that allegedly four Copts killed 45-year-old Muslim H. Hefny, whose body was found near the river. The attack … [Read more...]

Egyptian Coptic Pope supports ousting of Morsi

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Source: Ecumenical News Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has xpressed his support for the ousting by the military of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi this week and was joined by a leading Muslim cleric. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II expressed his support for the ousting by the military of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi this week and was joined by a leading Muslim cleric. A statement by the new administration said that Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyib, Pope of … [Read more...]

Rasmuson Foundation Grant to aid in restoring four historic Alaskan churches

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA] - On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the Rasmuson Foundation’s Board of Directors announced that it had allocated $8.6 million in awards to support non-profit programs and activities around Alaska. [See original release.] Among the two dozen grant recipients was Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc. [ROSSIA], which received $495,000.00 to complete renovations of historic Orthodox Christian church buildings in Juneau, Kenai, Karluk and … [Read more...]

Holy Synod issues Affirmation of the Mystery of Marriage

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America released an “Affirmation of the Mystery of Marriage.” The complete text appears below. SYNODAL AFFIRMATION OF THE MYSTERY OF MARRIAGE The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America July 2, 2013 At the Tenth All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in Miami, Florida in July 1992, the Holy Synod … [Read more...]

Bishop Michael encourages diaconal ministry at seventh annual practicum

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - Deacons and diaconal candidates received focused training during the Seventh Annual Diaconal Practicum held at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here in June 2013. Led by Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, director of the Diaconal Vocations Program for the Orthodox Church in America, the intensive workshop offered instruction in liturgical celebration, public speaking and vocal training, and practical ministry. Archpriest Dr. … [Read more...]

Helping to Keep the Children in the Church

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Source: Solia - The Herald by Psa. Nicole Mitescu I remember when I was newly married and had just started attending an Orthodox church. People would complain about how their children were refusing to come to church any more, and how when they left the family home, they often left the church entirely. So this is far from a new problem, and there must be hundreds if not thousands of articles written not only by Orthodox authors, but also by writers in many other religious groups, who are … [Read more...]

Suicide bomb kills 4 in Syrian capital’s Old City

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle By ALBERT AJI, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the headquarters of Syria's Greek Orthodox Church in Damascus' Old City, killing at least four people Thursday, minutes after the patriarch had entered the cathedral, state-run TV and a church official said. The blast in the ancient quarter of narrow streets and historic buildings was the first reported suicide attack of the Syrian civil war inside the Old City, … [Read more...]

Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

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Source: CNN From Errol Barnett, CNN Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN) -- It's 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons. It's a common scene here in Lalibela, a small town in northern Ethiopia that's home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. The … [Read more...]